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Richard Whittam QC

Year of call: 1983

Year of silk: 2008

Recorder: 2009

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Marple Hall School.

LLB (Hons) University College, London.

Bencher Gray's Inn: 2012

First Senior Treasury Counsel: 2013


Richard Whittam QC is First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court whose principal areas of practice are serious crime, fraud and terrorism with additional expertise in legal professional privilege, the Bribery Act, sports and regulatory law.


Throughout his time as Treasury Counsel Richard Whittam has continued to defend.


He has been ranked by Chambers UK as a leading barrister for over 15 years. In 2012/13 solicitors said; he takes everything in his stride. Nothing seems to bother him and he just won't be deflected from achieving a good result.” He has been described in previous editions as: astute, hardworking and meticulous in his paperwork”, a strong Treasury Counsel who realises that to be effective, you don’t need to be an enemy of your opponent”, a fearless advocate who glides through proceedings with effortless style” and a stunning addition to any team with pep and industry to spare.” He is adept at handling cases that attract a high level of publicity including: prosecuting the two men indicted with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, Stuart Hall (with the Attorney-General), Paul Burrell (former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales), Ruth Ellis (posthumous appeal – last woman to be hanged in England), Jane Andrews (former dresser to Sarah Ferguson), George Davis (2011 appeal), Joof & others (gangland killing, 2012 appeal), Badat (Gloucester shoe bomber, at trial, at the SOCPA hearing and in relation to his giving evidence in a US trial in 2012), Attila Ban (murdered two colleagues and then hid from the police under the bed for two days).


He is security cleared to the highest level and has considerable experience in complex cases and leading teams of lawyers, investigators and regulators. Examples of the type of cases he has acted in include: the first significant corporate prosecution on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (R-v-Securiplan plc); terrorism including Operation Overt (plot to blow up several transatlantic passenger aircraft, then the largest police investigation in the world), Tsouli & others (Cyber Terrorism), Meziane and Benmerzouga (terrorist fund raising); contract murders including those arising out of the Brinks Mat Robbery and gang killings (the murders of Samuel Ogunro which was orchestrated from prison using illicit mobile phones and Daniel Smith who was an innocent man shot as a result of mistaken identity), commercial blackmail (Mardis Gras bombing campaign); shaken baby deaths (Louise Sullivan), infant homicide (Singh, mother who poisoned her autistic child with bleach). In addition Richard Whittam has a formidable appellate practice.


He is experienced in Courts Martial trials, regulatory work and Official Secrets Act cases


His domestic and international experience in serious crime and regulatory matters has led to invitations to advise leading government bodies and address a number of high-level conferences. He has advised on the Bribery Act and UK OECD obligations, the special protection afforded to journalists and their sources, significant matters involving public interest immunity and legal professional privilege.